Real Weddings: Classically Glamorous
These college sweethearts planned their big day with equal parts tradition and chic sophistication.
The Couple: Mackenzie Meyers, 26, Advertising & Marketing Account Executive, and Sam Brown, 27, Mechanical Project Engineer
After Mackenzie Meyers and Sam Brown met at a mutual friends birthday party in St. Louis in 2006, they began dating while both attending the University of Missouri Columbia. One evening, after a perfect dinner at Eleven Eleven Mississippi, Sam led Mackenzie onto his patio, which hed filled with flowers and candles and had champagne waiting on ice. As their song, Coldplays “Till Kingdom Come,” played softly in the background, Sam took to one knee and asked Mackenzie to marry him. “I, of course, said yes, and we met our immediate family at Trattoria Branica,” says Mackenzie. The next day, the couple was joined by more well-wishers for a Fourth of July/engagement celebration.
The Planning: Before the couple dove into the details, they sought the expertise of wedding planner extraordinaire Josie Littlepage of Cosmopolitan Events (cosmopolitanevents.com). “I had particular thoughts on what I wanted, and Josie was great at bouncing off ideas,” Mackenzie says. In addition to Littlepages help, Mackenzie and Sam knew they wanted Gebbs Total Video (gebbstotalvideo.com) to capture their big day. To the couples delight, Michael Gebben of Gebbs created a same-day edit of the footage hed taken the morning of the wedding to share at the reception. “I loved seeing what Sams morning was like, and the guests loved it!” says Mackenzie.
The Flowers: Each of Mackenzies bridesmaids carried all-white bouquets arranged by florist Tony Montano of Montano Grant (montanogrant.com). “I personally selected each of my bridesmaids bouquets based on the meaning of the flower itself,” says Mackenzie. “Before we left for the ceremony, I gave each of them a handwritten letter describing what flower I chose for them, including its meaning.” Mackenzies bouquet was a mixture of her bridesmaids flowers, symbolizing how each of the women had helped make Mackenzie who she is. “I also added a family tradition with stephanotis flowers, which my mother and sister-in-law carried at their weddings.”
The Stationery: To showcase the couples modern aesthetic, they chose black, white and silver square-shape invitations from Vellum (velluminc.com). Each invite featured an embossed alligator border and envelope lining. The couples chandelier monogram was a design detail carried throughout the reception on cocktail napkins, dinner menus and illuminated gobos.
The Gown: Mackenzie says she was set on finding an elegant, one-shoulder gown, and she fell in love with the Romona Keveza dress she ultimately selected the moment she tried it on. The mermaid-silhouetted gown featured a high-wasted belt and dramatic ruffle. A Swarovski-encrusted Toni Federici veil added more glamour to Mackenzies statement-making gown.
The Celebration: After Mackenzie and Sams June 26th ceremony at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Clayton, guests were ready to celebrate at the reception. The Palladium (palladium-stl.com) had just been renovated, and the loft-like interior suited the couples vision of keeping things young and fresh. For the cocktail reception, Exclusive Events (exclusiveevents.com) draped a white voile curtain from the ceiling to section off the cocktail area; when it was time for guests to take their seats for dinner, the curtain was pulled back to reveal the beautifully decorated dining area.
Each table featured six all-white flower arrangements and were illuminated with 15 candles. Other touches included an 8-foot illuminated bar, a white dance floor that was projected with pattered gobos and custom lighting from Aries Co. (ariesco.com). As the evening lingered on, soft lighting shades of pink and lilac progressed to deeper fuchsias and purples. Sam and Mackenzie glided to the floor to their first dance to Coldplays “Till Kingdom Come,” the song playing during Sams proposal.
The Fare: “My father was intent on having guests enjoy great food and drink,” says Mackenzie. “So choosing the Palladium was perfect, because Butlers Pantry (butlerspantry.com) did an amazing job.” During the cocktail hour, guests enjoyed passed hors doeuvres, including empanadas, crab cakes and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus. For dinner, Mackenzie and Sam chose a surf-and-turf option featuring seared scallopsone of the couples favorite foodsand petite filet. The Cakery (thecakerybakery.net) created a beautiful three-tiered, all-white cake featuring a cascading satin ribbon that mimicked Mackenzies dress. To cap off the elegant evening, guests were provided with sparklers to send the newlyweds off in shimmering style.
The Couple: Mackenzie Meyers, 26, & Sam Brown, 27
The wedding party with flowers from Montano Grant
Stationery from Vellum Inc.
The wedding party with flowers from Montano Grant
Photo credit: Photos by Stephen Seebeck Photography